Dental implants restore missing teeth and enhance your smile, but the improvement in your appearance is far from the only advantage. Your Katonah, NY, dentists, Drs. Enyoung Park and Terry Lin of ParkLin Dental, can help you consider all the benefits of dental implants.
How dental implants replace missing teeth
A dental implant allows your dentist to reconstruct your entire missing tooth. Implants may not look like your natural roots, but they function the same way. The tiny titanium posts are added to your jawbone during minor oral surgery and soon begin to osseointegrate, or bond, to your jawbone.
Osseointegration ensures that your synthetic roots are strong enough to withstand years of wear and tear and chewing. Dental implants are connected to dental crowns to restore the visible parts of your teeth.
4 ways implants can help your smile
Dental implants can:
- Make Eating Easier: Losing one tooth can compromise your ability to bite, tear and grind foods. When multiple teeth or all of your teeth are missing, chewing becomes very difficult. Dental implants make it possible to return your usual diet.
- Help You Avoid Changes to Your Biting Power: It takes considerable power to bite into and chew hard or fibrous foods. Without strong tooth roots, it's just not possible to chew these foods. Since dental implants are securely attached to your jaw, you won't experience any loss of biting power.
- Keep Your Other Teeth from Drifting: Losing a tooth can have more than just an aesthetic impact. After tooth loss, other teeth may start to move toward the gap in your smile. Unfortunately, the movement can alter the alignment of your teeth and even change your bite, the way your upper and lower teeth fit together.
- Protect Your Jawbone: Although you may not feel anything, your jawbone can change after you lose a tooth. Called "resorption," the problem occurs when your jawbone shrinks due to decreased stimulation from tooth roots. Eventually, resorption can cause your teeth to loosen and may be responsible for facial sagging. Dental implants prevent resorption from occurring by offering the stimulation your jawbone needs.
Restore your smile with dental implants. Call your dentists in Katonah, NY, Drs. Park and Lin of ParkLin Dental, at (914) 232-8182 to schedule an appointment.
Replacing a missing tooth is something that all adults struggling with tooth loss should consider. After all, treatment not only maintains your appearance, but it keeps the rest of your teeth healthy and properly functioning as well. Here at ParkLin Dental in Katonah, NY, Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin offer several different options for replacing your missing teeth. Two of the most popular treatment options are outlined below:
Made from a pink plastic base for the gum tissue and realistic ceramic or resin for the teeth, removable dentures are a popular option for replacing natural teeth. Dentures may be full or partial, depending on your needs. Full dentures replace all of one's permanent teeth, while partial dentures attach to the remaining teeth to fill in empty spaces. For those who have bone loss and other health conditions that prevent them from having dental implants, dentures are a good alternative. Regular checkups with your Katonah dentist will ensure that your dentures are well-maintained and fitting properly.
For a permanent solution to missing teeth, your Katonah dentist often recommends dental implants. These restorations offer "the whole package" because they replace an absent tooth from the bottom upwards. The post of the implant, which is made from lightweight metal, acts as the roots of your new tooth, while the ceramic crown is attached on top. Unlike dentures, dental implants never need to be removed or adjusted. The result is a long-lasting and low-maintenance tooth replacement that gives you the freedom to eat, talk, and smile as normal.
Need a Tooth Replacement? Give Us a Call
If you need one or more of your permanent teeth replaced with dentures or dental implants, contact ParkLin Dental in Katonah, New York to make an appointment with Dr. Park or Dr. Lin. Contact us at (914) 232-8182 for an appointment today!
Coffee, tea, cola, and berries not only stain your clothes, but they also make your teeth look dull. Fortunately, teeth whitening offers a simple solution for smiles that aren't quite as bright anymore due to stains or the natural effects of aging. Here at ParkLin Dental in Katonah, NY, your dentists, Drs. Enyoung Park and Terry Lin, can help erase stains and whiten your entire smile—read on to learn how!
How whitening can help your smile
Dullness is unavoidable if you eat foods and beverages that contain dark pigments. When you sip your morning coffee or enjoy a handful of blueberries, tiny stain-causing pigments seep into microscopic openings in your tooth enamel.
After a while, these pigments can make your smile look dull, even if you brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. In response, professional teeth whitening targets the source of the stains and eliminates them.
At our Katonah office, your dentists use a hydrogen peroxide whitening gel that naturally breaks apart these dark pigments. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe, natural bleaching solution that offers dramatic whitening results.
Whitening takes less time than you may think
The entire whitening process only takes about an hour at the dentist's office. After your gums and roots are covered with a protective gel, retractors will be placed in your mouth to keep the whitening gel from touching your cheeks.
It only takes a few minutes to apply the gel to your teeth, and it generally stays on there for around 30 minutes. Once the whitening gel is removed, your teeth will be noticeably brighter. In fact, most people notice a three-to-eight shade difference after whitening.
Making a few changes can prolong your results
Your teeth will stay whiter for two-to-three years after whitening, but you can extend your results by avoiding or limiting foods/beverages that stain teeth. If you can't face the day without your morning coffee or tea, drinking those beverages with a straw can help you avoid new stains.
Your dentist can also give you take-home whitening trays that make occasional touch-ups easy.
Interested? Give us a call
Would you like to whiten your smile? If so, call your Katonah, NY, dentists, Drs. Enyoung Park and Terry Lin of ParkLin Dental, at (914) 232-8182 to schedule an appointment.
You've probably heard of dentures and bridges, but what about dental implants? While less commonly known, dental implants are an increasingly popular service offered at ParkLin Dental in Katonah, and we're here to answer your all your questions about the procedure that can put you on the path to a healthy smile.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a replacement for a missing tooth or teeth, the implant itself acting as the root of the tooth. The procedure uses a metal post, screwed into the jawbone, which creates a permanent foundation for an artificial tooth.
Who might need a dental implant?
If you are missing one or multiple teeth, a dental implant can fill in the gaps of your smile. Teeth may require removal due to decay, damage or injury, and a dental implant is an attractive and sturdy substitute for a natural tooth.
What are the advantages of a dental implant?
While dentures are often used by those with a large number of missing teeth, they require removal for cleaning and sleeping, as well as requiring the application of an adhesive to hold them in place. Even then, dentures can slide around in your mouth, making chewing, talking and smiling difficult. Dental implants stay in the mouth securely and permanently, offering you peace of mind and comfort. You will be able to chew, floss and brush like you would your natural teeth.
Is the procedure painful?
Dental implants are a surgical procedure, so your Katonah dentist will apply an anesthetic to numb your mouth and dull any pain you may feel. You many experience some inflammation, and an over the counter pain killer can help make you more comfortable post procedure. Avoiding crunchy foods in the days after your dental implants is recommended.
How successful is the procedure?
For the majority of people, dental implants can be done efficiently and successfully, the result lasting decades. While artificial teeth do not experience decay, good dental hygiene is still a must for keeping your gums, which surround the dental implant, healthy.
Are dental implants covered by insurance?
You will need to check with your dental insurance provider to see if the procedure is eligible for coverage.
Let Parklin Dental in Katonah, NY, help you achieve a your best smile yet with dental implants. Schedule your appointment at 914-232-8182.
Sealants offer a simple way to reduce your child's risk of developing cavities. These protective coatings are among the many services and treatments provided by your Katonah, NY, dentists, Drs. Enyoung Park and Terry Lin of ParkLin Dental. Read on to learn what sealants can do for your child!
Why should I consider sealants for my child?
Small pits and grooves in the pre-molars and molars at the back of your child's mouth make chewing and tearing food a little easier. Unfortunately, cavity-causing plaque often builds up in the pits, a presence that ultimately increases your son or daughter's risk of tooth decay.
Although your toothbrush does a good job of removing plaque on most parts of your teeth, the bristles are too big to reach the smaller pits and grooves. Luckily, sealants prevent cavities by covering the chewing surfaces of pre-molars and molars with a clear coating made of plastic-based resin. This resin stops plaque from reaching the pits and grooves, thus boosting your child's dental health!
When should my child receive sealants?
Sealants should be applied soon after your child's permanent pre-molars and molars erupt. These teeth are often a bit weak and more susceptible to tooth decay when they first appear.
How long do sealants last?
Sealants usually last about 10 years, although they may wear away sooner if your child grinds or clenches their teeth. Your child's Katonah dentist will examine the conditions of the sealants during checkups and recommend reapplication if necessary.
Can adults get sealants?
While sealants can help adults reduce cavities, dental insurance may not cover the cost of the coatings if you're an adult.
Does it take long to place the sealants on my child's teeth?
Applying sealants only takes a few minutes. After your son or daughter's teeth are cleaned, an etching solution is applied. This solution helps the sealants adhere to the teeth. After application, the liquid sealants are hardened with a curing light, and then your child will be all set!
Give us a call!
Would you like to protect your child from the dangers of tooth decay? If so, call your Katonah, NY, dentists, Drs. Enyoung Park and Terry Lin of ParkLin Dental, at (914) 232-8182 to schedule an appointment!
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